George Will.  "In healthy societies, basic values and social arrangements are not much thought about."  Healthy societies have healthy institutions, and civilization.  Everything else follows.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s day, as in ours, it was said that problems were so daunting that old principles must yield to new realities. Perhaps, however, unfortunate new realities are the result of the disregard of old principles. Hawthorne recommended consulting “respectable old blockheads” who had “a death-grip on one or two ideas which had not come into vogue since yesterday morning.” Ideas like getting an education, a job, and a spouse before begetting children.
Paging the Gray Champion.

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